Burn out!

I’ve been beavering away this week on Celtic Garden and whilst I have been enjoying the stitching I do admit to feeling a little burnt out at the moment.  There are a lot of colour changes involved in this design and whilst I use my Pako thread organiser, which does make life a LOT easier, I find myself yearning for something a little easier on my poor tired brain LOL.  With Phill’s mother coming to stay for a few days this is an opportune time for me to put Celtic away for a little while as I take up way too much room on the sofa when stitching this design 😉 so will pick up something which involves one colour thread instead of 20!!

Here’s how far I have progressed…

I have to say I’m really pleased with the way this photo has come out, the colours are very vibrant and look a lot like they do in real life.

Having looked through my WIP box earlier this evening I decided to carry on with Bramble and the Rose for the next few days.

Thank you all for the lovely comments I’ve been receiving on my blog, they are so appreciated!


Naughty cats

First day back at work on Tuesday and it was, as expected, extremely busy.  Not a lot had been done while I’d been off and of course everything now needed doing immediately!  I got in to work at 8am, left just before 6, feeling very tired after a lazy ten days off.  I called to my mum’s on the way home, then to the supermarket to buy a few bits to make a curry  and walked through the door at just about 7.30pm.  Phill was not home, having visited his mother, who hasn’t been very well,  straight after work.

I could see something on the floor of our dining room/office and when I switched the light on I was greeted by a whole lot of feathers and other pieces of a very unfortunate bird.  I’m not sure which of the cats had brought it through the cat flap but Mia did look extremely pleased with herself.  I know that this is a natural “cat thing” but YUCK!

I cleaned up the room, went through to the kitchen only to discover that the bird must have been well and truly alive when it was brought in and that there must have been a high speed chase going on, as the kitchen was a mess too, with things knocked over, and little splatters of bird poo all over the place.

After thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the kitchen,  I more or less fell straight into bed.    We ended up having a couple of slices of toast instead of a delicious curry lol

Thankfully last night was very dull in comparison, and I managed to get a few stitches in before I got too tired.  I’m sure that I will quickly get used to working again and will be able to stitch for bit longer in the evenings.  Here’s my progress on Celtic Mandala so far

Happy New Year!

It’s that wonderful time of the year where everybody is blogging about their stitching achievements for the past year, and their hopes and goals for next year.  I have spent a very enjoyable afternoon browsing around lots of blogs and seeing some beautiful stitching.  I’ve also seen that a lot of people are joining in a crazy challenge in January which was thought up by Minna and posted on her blog. The challenge involves starting 15 new projects, one each day from 1st January to 15th January, and trying to get them all finished by the end of the year.  Crazy!!  What’s even crazier is that for one fleeting moment I actually considered joining in LOL.  I have a cupboard full of WIPs, some of which have not seen the light of day for a very long time, and I was contemplating, even if it was for less than a couple of seconds, adding to that list!!

Luckily I came to my senses and have decided that this year I will do my best to finish some of my WIPs.  I’m not making any rules or regulations, not even making a list of the ones that I want to try and finish, I have done that too many times in the past and have failed miserably.  The one thing I would like to do is to be a “one at a time” stitcher.  I’ve been working exclusively on Celtic Mandala for the last couple of weeks now and am enjoying watching it growing day by day, something I miss when working on a rotation basis.  So, good luck to everyone who is taking part in the Challenge and I will look forward to seeing lots of new starts over the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of Celtic Mandala, here’s where I am at the moment with this design.

Still lots to do, including a few hundred beads to attach lol!

For Christmas this year I received a wonderful package of gifts from Claire who somehow managed to find the time in amongst all her SALs to make these beautiful Christmas ornaments.

Also, Claire sent me a pretty heart kit, in my favourite colours, and a thread winder, which is my first thread winder but I’m sure I will add to the collection during next year lol

So thank you Claire, for my only stitchy gifts this year!

Tonight we’re having a quiet night in, just us and the cats.  There’s always a lot of fireworks around here at New Year so we have to make sure that all of the cats are safely inside before the neighbours start their celebrations.  I’m sure we’ll have a glass or two of something to see in the new year and there will definitely be some stitching involved!

Thank you all for visiting my blog during the last year and for leaving such lovely comments, and I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!

Celtic Mandala

Feeling very pleased with myself recently after a couple of quick finishes I went searching through my WIPs for something more challenging.  I spent a lovely afternoon going through my WIPs, some of which have been around a while.  As I was browsing I came across a Chatelaine Design, originally Mystery 10, but which is now called Celtic Garden Mandala.  Phill bought me the fabric for this design for my Christmas present in 2007, the first part of the chart was released on January 1st 2008 with a new part being released on the 1st of each month for the whole of 2008.  I kept up well with it for the first five months but part 5 was so intensive that I think I burned myself out on it.  I never did manage to catch up with the rest of the parts and sadly it was relegated to my WIP cupboard.

I know Chatelaine’s are not everyones cup of tea, they are absolutely massive designs with lots of speciality stitches, lots of metallic threads and literally thousands of beads, and they never look quite as good in pictures as they do in real life.   I have Mystery 6 (Evening in the Park) framed and hanging on the wall in my lounge and it looks absolutely stunning.

So, I decided that this was the WIP I would choose to work on.  I thought that I would have a hard job getting back in to stitching something so detailed, especially as most of the stitching I have done over the last couple of years has been quite a bit simpler, with a lot of monochrome designs, or designs with very few colours involved, but I have to say that I have enjoyed every stitch I have put in it over the last couple of weeks!

We’re in the middle of some terrible weather here in South Wales, as are most of the UK I think, and the five inches of snow we had last Friday shows no signs of melting.  According to the local news station we are due another four inches or so tomorrow, which is a little different to the BBC forecast at the moment, but I am really hoping that it misses us this time around.   I have too much to do before Christmas LOL.